Sometimes it can be fun to get benched, especially when you’re resting on a gorgeous piece of furniture that’s as versatile as it is useful. Typically made of wood, benches can also be upholstered for ultimate comfort. Made for sharing, benches provide a place to rest for a moment, set something down or maximize seating in a room.
If you haven’t been benched, we think it’s time. Take a look at these five ways to use a bench:
Large families can always squeeze in one more when they replace a few chairs with a bench. Use one or two with a rectangular or oval table to create a casual and functional dining area. We love the Peasant Bench with its rustic style and eco-friendly construction of reclaimed hardwoods, giving each its own unique properties and characteristics.
In the family room a bench can serve as a coffee table during the day, then be utilized as extra seating during parties and large gatherings. The Rustic Traditions Bench would serve both purposes with style. With an ivory cushioned top and rich cherry finish base, it lifts to provide storage for small items, such as your growing collection of remotes or those magazines you’ve been meaning to read.
The foot of your bed is another great place to utilize a bench. Providing a place to sit while getting dressed, it can also hold extra linens and blankets during the summer. This gorgeous Empire II Bench has a thick upholstered top in crisp white with two drawers for storage. Its parchment finish is a great addition to traditional or casual décor; it’s also available in cherry.
Whether you’re leaving for work or school or getting home after a long day, a bench in your mudroom will meet you in style. Use it to lace up your shoes, set down your groceries or hold the things you don’t want to forget to take with you. The Chelsea Storage Bench, in a midnight oak finish, is a great piece for a mudroom. Its upholstered seat provides a comfortable place to sit and the top lifts to reveal plenty of storage for boots, sports gear or even laundry supplies.
Finally, a bench in the foyer creates a welcoming space to greet friends and family who drop by for a visit. It’s also a great place to rest coats and gloves or to set gifts as you invite people in. A bench in the foyer is also a good place for your daughter’s date to wait while she changes her outfit … again. With its clean lines and ample storage, our Mission Style Bench is a beautiful addition to any type décor – from rustic to contemporary. In an updated espresso finish, it’s a handsome mix of style and function.